12/11/2010

God's Deliberate Judgment on the Whole Earth (Isaiah 24)

Isa 13-23 expresses God's judgment and salvation to particular nations. Isa 24-27 foresees the whole world in crisis at the end of history, but with the people of God secured in their own city (Isa 24:4; 25:8; 26:19; 27:6). These chapters are “apocalyptic,” since they depict the final conflict and God's victory in vivid images.

The World will be Completely Laid Waste (Isa 24:1-6)

"See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it" (Isa 24:1a). "The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. The LORD has spoken this word" (Isa 24:4).

Worldly Joy Dries Up and Withers (Isa 24:7-13)
"The new wine dries up and the vine withers; all the merrymakers groan" (Isa 23:7).In the streets they cry out for wine; all joy turns to gloom, all joyful sounds are banished from the earth" (Isa 23:11).

The Redeemed Sing, "Glory to the Righteous One" (Isa 24:14-16)
But from the ends of the earth, those who are redeemed from the world will raise their voices, shout for joy, acclaim the Lord's majesty (Isa 24:14), and sing, "Glory the Righteous One" (Isa 24:16). Simultaneously, Isaiah laments the present treachery, saying, "I waste away, I waste away. Woe is me!" (Isa 24:16).

Judgment and Punishment are Deliberate Acts of God (Isa 24:17-23)
"In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below" (Isa 24:11).

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